Tampa Bay Lightning showed character and won 5-4 vs Boston Bruins. Brandon Hagel was the team's hero, and his goal in overtime brought them victory. "I'll give some credit to practice," Hagel said, as quoted by NHL! "We've been working on it a few times.
It's big stringing three together. We want to keep it rolling, but it's one day at a time and one game at a time." Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper had reason to be satisfied, given that his team did not give up on their goal. However, Cooper wants his team to achieve convincing victories.
"We've kind of flipped the table here these last couple of games," -Jon Cooper said. "You want to have the ability to come from behind, but you don't want to make it a practice of falling behind all the time. That's happened to us the last couple of games."
Boston coach Jim Montgomery reacts
Boston coach Jim Montgomery emphasized that his team needs to work on a few details.
Having the lead on two occasions, and then losing the match, surely cannot make Montgomery happy. "I think we need to develop a little more poise and understanding of time and score and how to close out games," -Jim Montgomery said.
"Obviously we gave up two leads in the third and you never want to do that." Stamkos, the Lightning captain, scored a great goal after an assist from Nikita Kucherov. Stamkos believes that Kucherov is one of the few players in the NHL who knows how to make such a pass.
"I know ‘Kuch's’ abilities, I see Kuch going to the backhand, there's only maybe one other guy in the League that can make that pass. I know it's coming, or he's attempting to do it and if it gets through I've got a good chance to get it on net. Just a world-class play."- Stamkos said.